Residents urged to report illegal rubbish dumping


Ashburton District residents are being encouraged to continue reporting illegal rubbish dumped in the community when they see it, after the Council responded to a number of incidents throughout July.

A total of 35 cases were reported to the Council last month.

Service Delivery Group Manager, Neil McCann said ​it is disappointing to see rubbish deliberately discarded in public areas.

"Aside from being an unpleasant job to clean up, the cost of clearing dumped rubbish falls back on ratepayers, which is a unfair burden - especially as most of the community do the right thing.

"The Council investigates these matters to try and identify the culprits, so if you see illegal dumping, please report it to us by using the free Snap, Send, Solve app."

Illegally dumping rubbish can result in the persons responsible having to pay for the clean up and/or being fined.

When responding to last month's illegal activities, Council staff discovered that most of the dumped items could have been recycled or reused - options that cost nothing.

Metal items, including most electrical products such as fridges, toasters and washing machines can be dropped off for free at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park. Toys and furniture that are in reasonable condition can be dropped off at the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park Reuse Shop.

Additionally, up to 40kgs of waste can be taken to the district's Resource Recovery Parks for $6.00, an amount Mr McCann added ​is far smaller than the $418.00 fine plus clean up fees that being caught illegally dumping attracts.​

See the Council website for information on materials that can be dropped off at the Ashburton and Rakaia Resource Recovery Parks, or to learn more about reducing waste.​

To make quick and easy reports to Council, download the free Snap, Send, Solve app from the App Store and Google Play today.

Page reviewed: 16 Aug 2019 4:06pm